ADNOC Building, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square and a host of other landmarks across the UAE were bathed in bright red light on July 20th as they joined major monuments, stadia and iconic buildings around the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics.

The global display of unity marked the ‘inclusion evolution’ - Special Olympics’ mission to end discrimination against people of determination with intellectual disabilities and to create inclusive communities worldwide.

More than a dozen UAE buildings participated in the ‘Light Up for Inclusion’ event, joining some 225 landmarks around the world, including: the Coca-Cola London Eye & Piccadilly sign in London, UK; the Empire State Building, New York; Sydney Opera House, Australia; the Nelson Mandela Statue in Johannesburg, South Africa; and The Water Cube in Beijing, China, creating a global display of tolerance, respect and celebration of difference.

The UAE landmarks that took part in the ‘Light Up for Inclusion’ initiative were ADNOC Building, Marina Mall, ADGM Building, Emirates Palace, Yas Hotel, Mubadala IPIC Building, Etihad Airways Centre, Y Tower, Mushrif Mall, Khalidiyah Mall, Al Wahda Mall, FAB Headquarters, Etisalat T&A Building, Etisalat Kifaf Building, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Capital Gate, and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.

‘Light Up for Inclusion’ was part of a series of initiatives for Special Olympics 50th Anniversary, with events and celebrations taking place around the world, focused on Chicago, the birthplace of the movement where the first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in July 1968.